Clay and Blogs:Telling a Story

This little bowl is for my new online shop. The kiln is on tomorrow and again on Sunday night.The processes for making it have been many.

The bowl is an evolved version of my huge flat rays which are made by slumping clay over a hump. I have thrown this one on the wheel and turned its bottom to make it curved. Then I carved away the rim to begin the look of a tail and a nose. Afterwards I covered the bowl in jet black slip, applying several layers, and then I did the same with the white slip. When they have dried so that I can touch without spoiling I carve the pattern through the white to reveal the black. Two firings will complete the bowl.